Knowing that most of you are moms, what better place to come for some parenting advice? My problem is with electronics. Recently, I feel like my kids (ages 10, 7, and almost 4) are constantly on the computer, TV, or Kindle Fire.
We had this problem several years ago and I turned off the TV for about a year. When we didn't have TV, I saw the girls engaged in different and better activities. My oldest read so many books and the younger ones spent more time outside. Foolishly thinking that our TV habits had changed for the better, we started Netflix about six months ago, but still don't have cable.
During the school year, things are fine. The girls really don't have a lot of time for TV. The summer is a totally different story. The problem is partially mine, I work from home, which requires me to be on the computer quite a bit. So, I'm not a very good role model. Electronics are also an easy babysitter.
My kids are great kids. They are very smart, participate in athletics, and have friends. Because of these things, my husband thinks I overreact about their electronic use. He thinks it's totally fine and thinks I'm being irrational since they are basically good kids. This is his attitude:
But, I'm home with them all day and see how much time they truly are spending with electronics. I feel like it's getting to the point where they would rather be lost in the electronic world rather than doing anything else, including playing with friends or playing a game as a family. I also think their behavior directly correlates with electronic use. The more they watch, they worse they behave.
I think it's time to cancel Netflix and put some serious limits on computer use. I'm just terrible at setting limits, but I know I need to do something. Just typing this post fills me with anxiety and gives me a stomach ache. Letting me kids use electronics so much makes me feel like I'm failing as a parent. Please help me!!!! How do you handle this situation?